Two-Minute Drill: Craft Hoping for Quick Recovery
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft will resume jogging on Monday, but there is no exact timetable for his full-time return to basketball activities.
Photo by Jim Davidson
That came directly from Craft himself, who spoke to The-Ozone during halftime of Saturday’s Ohio Homecoming ‘Battle for Ohio’ basketball game at St. John Arena.
Craft was on hand to watch a few of his former teammates—Jon Diebler, David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale—participate in the charity basketball game. He was joined by fellow teammates Evan Ravenel, Amir Williams, Lenzelle Smith, Jr. and Amedeo Della Valle, the freshman from Italy.
OSU head coach Thad Matta was also on hand for the event, which featured a number of his former players, including Terence Dials, J.J. Sullinger, Ron Lewis and Evan Turner.
ON THE BATTLE FOR OHIO…
* Team Columbus won a close game, 95-91, over Team Cleveland in a sweltering hot arena.
* Turner gave Team Columbus 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Lewis scored a team-high 18 points off the bench. Dials recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
* Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson kept Cleveland in the game with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Former Miami Redhawk Juby Johnson added 20 points.
* Diebler won an exciting three-point competition at half-time, defeating former St. Vincent-St. Mary guard Dru Joyce III. Diebler hit 13 of 15 shots in the final round.
ON AARON CRAFT…
* The junior out of Findlay had his cast removed this past Tuesday following offseason ankle surgery.
* Craft said he was not planning to have the surgery because “it didn’t hurt that bad” but they felt it needed to get done over the summer.
* He seemed to be moving around fine at the game, and did not have a wrap or brace on the ankle.
* Craft said he will take his return slow. He’s anxious to be back on the court, but he’s not going to rush it.
* Ravenel said he is taking on a leadership role this summer, but no one can replace Craft. He said Craft makes a major difference in every practice, every game and every drill.
ON AMIR WILLIAMS…
Photo by Jim Davidson
* Williams said he's up to 252lbs this summer after playing in the 240's last year. Working on getting stronger.
* Williams said the biggest thing for him this summer has been working on his post game. Said development is critical for him.
* Craft said he's seen a difference in Amir this summer. Said he's very involved and energetic, really working hard.
* Ravenel said he has taken Williams and Trey McDonald under his wing. They are all working hard together.
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